THEY HATE CHANGE - FINALLY NEW
Format: Compact Disc
If it's really a post-genre world, why does everything sound the same?
The two halves of Tampa rap duo They Hate Change—Dre (he/him) and Vonne (they/them)—first came
together in front of the apartment complex where they both lived as teens. Dre had just moved down from
Rochester, NY; Vonne was trying to sell him bad weed. It was clear from the start that the two listen to music
differently from most people—they're sonic omnivores, obsessive deep-divers, lovers of rare and radical
sounds. Starting as kids trawling the internet for tracks, they've been collecting music from around the world
and across the decades, amassing a shared sonic knowledge so deep that “encyclopedic” barely begins to cover
it—not just the East Coast hip-hop that Dre grew up on, or the hyperlocal bass-music variants like jook (the
Gulf Coast's twerkably raunchy answer to house) and crank (think “Miami bass meets NOLA bounce”), but
also drum ‘n' bass, Chicago footwork, post-punk, prog (they're, like, seriously into prog), grime, krautrock,
emo, and basically any genre on the map.
Once they graduated to DJs on the Tampa DIY scene—which includes everything from punk rock house
parties to the black “teen nights” that pop up in rec centers and ballrooms—they figured out how to pull
all these disparate sounds together into a cohesive style. More importantly, they figured out how to make it
something people will actually move to. When they made the transition to rapping and making beats, they
brought that pleasure-seeking approach to sonic experimentation with them.
“With this album, Vonne says, “it's really like, okay, you know how you talk about the internet breaking
down borders? Here's what that actually sounds like. It's not just a hip-hop record with a couple more weird
sounds. You want homegrown DIY? This is a record that was written, produced, and recorded in a 150-squarefoot bedroom from the least cool city you could think of.”
Finally, New is what a truly post-genre musical landscape is supposed to be: building deep connections that
transcend outdated distinctions between them, spilling over with the joy of exploration and possibility, and
daring other artists to think broader, go deeper, take bigger risks.
Let the rest of them keep playing by the old rules—They Hate Change will keep changing the game
3. Who Next?
4. Reversible Keys (ft. Vritra)
5. Blatant Localism
6. Coded Language (Interlude)
7. 1000 Horses (ft. SARGE)
8. Little Brother
9. Some Days I Hate My Voice
12. X-Ray Spex
13. From the Floor (ft. DJ GAY-Z)